I've visited the Islamabad Grill on numerous occasions over the last three or four years and it has always been excellent. Before this most recent visit I read the reviews on Trip Advisor and thought I'd write my own to add some balance and reality to the reviews on here. Where all the negative views come from is beyond me. First and foremost this is a budget option where you can get real value for money. What do people expect? In some restaurants near here you will pay double the price.
I'm fed up with generic Indian buffet restaurants that all serve the same dishes and keep going back to the Islamabad Grill because it offers something different.The restaurant serves authentic Pakistani cuisine and anyone who has visited Pakistan and North India and eaten in restaurants should know what to expect. The food is not tarted up to suit the English palette and if you expect anything more than Pakistani home cooking you are going to be disappointed.
The salads and starters are always delicious especially the chicken tikka, which has a lovely barbecued flavour. It's also very easy to eat too many of the chicken wings. I generally have more than one helping of the starters every time I come here. Most of the meat curries are cooked on the bone so it shouldn't come as a surprise to find a bone on your plate. Cooking on the bone adds a lot of flavour to a dish and personally I love this style of curry. In the many times I've been I've never had a salty curry. There is also a good choice of vegetarian dishes. On this visit there was a choice of five different sweet dishes and ice cream for those who want it. The use of condensed milk is so common in this cuisine to say the rice pudding tastes of it is merely stating the obvious. I love the rice pudding, for the record also flavoured with cardamon and pistachio, and always have it. There is also Suji Halwa, another favourite of mine.
The staff here are all lovely. We were greeted, as usual, like old friends and nothing is too much trouble for them. On a couple of occasions I've seen the restaurant struggle when large groups arrive so I think that is the only valid criticism on this page.
I once introduced my brother and his family to the Islamabad Grill. My brother is a fussy restaurant visiter and a qualified chef. He left mightily impressed at the quality, choice and value for money on offer. If you want a good budget authentic Indian buffet then look no further. I will be back. The week after next, actually.
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